High-Frequency Time-Resolved Scanning Acoustic Microscopy for Biomedical Applications

The Open Neuroimaging Journal REVIEW ARTICLE DOI: 10.2174/1874440001812010069


High-frequency focused ultrasound has emerged as a powerful modality for both biomedical imaging and elastography. It is gaining more attention due to its capability to outperform many other imaging modalities at a submicron resolution. Besides imaging, high-frequency ultrasound or acoustic biomicroscopy has been used in a wide range of applications to assess the elastic and mechanical properties at the tissue and single cell level. The interest in acoustic microscopy stems from the awareness of the relationship between biomechanical and the underlying biochemical processes in cells and the vast impact these interactions have on the onset and progression of disease. Furthermore, ultrasound biomicroscopy is characterized by its non-invasive and non-destructive approach. This, in turn, allows for spatiotemporal studies of dynamic processes without the employment of histochemistry that can compromise the integrity of the samples. Numerous techniques have been developed in the field of acoustic microscopy. This review paper discusses high-frequency ultrasound theory and applications for both imaging and elastography.

Keywords: Focused Ultrasound (FUS), High-frequency Ultrasound (HIFU), Scanning Acoustic Microscopy (SAM), Cancer metastasis, Tumor microenvironment, Biomechanical properties, Elastography, Ultrasound biomicroscopy.
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